IDA Magazine’s Spring 2018 Issue Highlights New York Film Academy Documentary Filmmaking School


New York Film Academy (NYFA) Los Angeles’ Documentary Filmmaking department is honored to be featured in the prestigious IDA magazine, the official publication of the International Documentary Association, in an article exploring the advantages of pursuing an MFA in Documentary Filmmaking.

In reading the article titled The MFA Considered: A Sampling of Programs that Tackle the Current Marketplace by Akiva Gottlieb, one of the ways that NYFA stands out among the other programs explored, is expressed in the sentence: “Within two weeks of the first class, students will be making films.” None of the other programs make this claim.

As NYFA New York City Documentary Filmmaking Chair Andrea Swift notes, NYFA’s degree and conservatory programs are guided by the principal that students “learn to make documentaries by making documentaries.”

Los Angeles Chair of Documentary Sanora Bartels concurs, noting, “The most important element of making documentaries is story. Our students are not just hands-on with equipment, they’re researching, they’re out in the community, they’re finding that story.”

Here, in Los Angeles, those early films bloom into two years of intense research and production that culminates in a Master of Fine Art in Documentary.  The experience and degree allows our students to shine in the world of professional documentary filmmaking.